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Ironbridge Gorge Museums extend ‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ exhibition until 9th September 2012 (30th November 2011)

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are extending the ‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ exhibition for a further seven months until 9th September 2012 due to popular demand (it was planned to close on 29th February 2012). The temporary display, which celebrates Shropshire’s rich, sporting heritage, forms part of the Science Sport Life programme of events, part of the national ‘Stories of the World’ project, which is at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The exhibition opened in the Coalbrookdale Gallery, next to Enginuity, Coalbrookdale in March 2011 and showcases Shropshire’s greatest sporting heroes through a fascinating range of nostalgic memorabilia including a replica of the swimming trunks of Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English channel, the shirt of England and Wolverhampton Wanderers football legend Billy Wright and the boxing gloves of Olympian Richie Woodhall. Also featured are a series of historic images from Ironbridge’s Nationally Designated Archives showing coracle racing and local football and cricket teams along with a print of the first known photograph of a sporting event in the world, the famous Wenlock Olympian Games of 1867. 

Gillian Crumpton, Curatorial Officer at the Museum, commented that: ‘It is fantastic news that the ‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ exhibition has been extended for a further seven months. The extension of the exhibition presents us with the opportunity to make changes to the memorabilia currently on display as well as the chance to include the stories of different sporting heroes. We will also be able to take the constructive ideas and views of the young people recently involved in the Kids in Museums Takeover Day into consideration as we develop the exhibition.”

‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ is a free entry exhibition open from 10am to 5pm, mainly Monday – Friday in the Coalbrookdale Gallery until 9th September 2012.